North Florida Stops East Carolina Men's Tennis 6-1
March 16, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The East Carolina men's tennis team had a two-match win streak halted when it dropped the doubles point and all but one singles match in a 6-1 non-conference loss against North Florida Thursday afternoon at the UNF Tennis Complex.
With the victory, the Osprey improved to 10-5 while the Pirates fell to 7-9.
Senior Nick Rose snared the lone victory for ECU at the No. 5 spot, posting a 6-4, 6-4 win over Leonardo Gomes.
In other singles action, freshman Aleksey Kochetov fell to Eduardo Pereira (6-1, 7-6) at No. 1, sophomore Henrique Viana took a 6-2, 7-6 loss to Matias Sigal at No. 2 and sophomore Ricardo Barone dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Elad Gabay at No. 3.
Freshman Brian Walters came up short in a tie-breaker (6) after splitting the first two sets (7-6, 4-6) against Sam Withell in a four-seed matchup and freshman Britton Steele was defeated by Glen Marshall (6-4, 6-4) at No. 6.
North Florida used 8-6 and 8-1 doubles triumphs by the tandems of Jose Terrera/Sigal and Gabay/Pereira against Viana/Walters and Rose/Steele, respectively, to open the match with a 1-0 lead. The Pirates' pair of Barone and Kochetov notched ECU's only doubles victory by outlasting Escallon and Gomes by an 8-7 count.
The Pirates will return home to face UNC Greensboro Wednesday, March 22 in a match scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.
NORTH FLORIDA 6, EAST CAROLINA 1